GM recalls more than 1.4 million cars
General Motors announced Tuesday that it is recalling more than 1.4 million vehicles around the world due to a fire hazard. It’s the fourth recall since 2008 for this particular problem in vehicles that are over 10 years old, according to The Detroit News.
The automaker is recalling the following vehicles: 1997-2004 Pontiac Grand Prix, 2000-2004 Chevrolet Impala, 1998-1999 Chevrolet Lumina, 1998-2004 Chevrolet Monte Carlo, 1998-1999 Oldsmobile Intrigue, and 1997-2004 Buick Regal.
The issue hasn’t led to any fatalities or serious injuries, but GM said that 19 minor injuries had been recorded in the last six years. The car company says owners of these recalled vehicles should park them outside of garages until they can be repaired.
In an email to USA Today, GM spokesperson Alan Adler said that “drops of oil may be deposited on the hot exhaust manifold through hard braking, which can cause engine-compartment fires.”
The spike in auto recalls, which hit record levels last year, isn’t necessarily because cars are more dangerous. Rather, car makers, government regulators and consumers are becoming more vigilant.